I thought I’d give you a bit of a life update this week, as well – things have been happening.
I finally got my placement! I start at the beginning of November and I’ll be teaching up until Christmas. I’m yet to meet my class, but I’ll be going in next Thursday to introduce myself and to get to know them. All I know so far is that they are a year five class (age 9/10).
For the past two years I’ve taught KS1 (Key Stage 1) and EYFS (Early Years Foundation Stage), so this is a bit of a jump for me. I am excited though. I feel like with this age group I’ll be able to set them off on more investigations without the constant need for guidance the younger ones need. Though I’m pretty short myself so my main worry is that they’ll tower over me. I’ll have to find out a pair of comfy heels..
As a part of my extended maths module, I did get to teach a lesson on area to a mixed group of year 5/6 children today. It went excellently. I told them a story about two people in a rainforest who needed to build a shelter. The shelter needed flooring of 60m squared, and so the children teamed up to create as many different shelters with the area of 60m squared as they could. The higher ability were working with decimals and triangular shaped huts. I left it up to the children to choose how they would go about measuring the area, and how they would record. Some children were using calculators, others rulers, others squared paper. The activity catered for all abilities. I was impressed by a particular groups decision to create a table with the headings “Shelter” , “Size”, “Did it work” and “Why?”. Having this opportunity today has very much increased my confidence in teaching older children.
In other news, other aspects of my life are looking up! But that’s all I’ll say on here for now!
Hope you’re all doing well! Leave a comment and let me know.
All my love.
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